Bio

Tomáš Sýkora (*1979) is Czech composer, pianist, producer, arranger and teacher. He studied at Conservatory of Jaroslav Ježek in Prague (composition under Karel Růžička, piano under Hanka Kaštovská) and got masters degree after graduation at Music Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (composition under prof. Juraj Filas).

As a composer and pianist he led his own original projects such as jazz quintet Nedaba (cd Songs About…2009), and multi genre wrgha POWU orchestra (cd Kapiloongo 2010, opoPOP 2012, Ať rosa z nebes sestoupí 2013). With both of them, he performed in a lot of venues in the Czech Republic and abroad.

In 2013, Tomáš with another pianist Zdeňka M. Košnarová recorded cd To the Wind and to the Dark, with their original compositions for solo piano. This cd was successfully presented in many concert halls and radio broadcasts in Germany, France, Portugal and Croatia.

Since 2013, Tomaš has been a producer, bandleader and pianist of female vocalist Lena Yellow. As a result of this collaboration the original cd Positivity (2014) was released. They have been touring with this project throughout the Czech Republic. In October 2015, Lena Yellow project supported the legendary UK band Incognito which was a great honor for the band.

Tomáš is also a member of The Prague Six, a group of six  Czech big band composers, led by composer and trumpet player Štěpánka Balcarová. In 2015, they recorded cd Concept Art Orchestra and Prague 6, which contained original big band compositions from each of them. This cd won The Anděl Award in category The Best Jazz and Blues Record.

As a composer, Tomáš focuses on contemporary classical music and jazz music. His compositions have already been performed by several Czech symphonic orchestras, big bands and other ensembles (Philharmonic of Olomouc city, Philharmonic of Pilsen, Prague Wind Quintet, Pavel Bořkovec string quartet, Concept Art Orchestra, Bo Big band etc.) and famous soloists (Karel Dohnal, Jan Keller, Zdeňka M. Košnarová, Ilya Blackwedge).

Tomáš has also composed several pieces of music for film and theatre.

His composition A Song About Šoša won the OSA award in the category The Best Czech Jazz Composition Of Year 2013.

Tomáš lives and creates in Lysá nad Labem, teaches in Conservatory of Jaroslav Ježek in Prague and  publishes and releases his works under his own label Mot’s Music.

Awards:

2016 – Finalist in International Fidelio Composers Competion

2015 – Anděl 2015 in category Jazz And Blues for Concept Art Orchestra And The Prague Six.

2013 –  OSA award for the best Jazz composition of the year 2013.

2013 – Nymburk’s Otik – The Best Music Personality.

Study:

2009 – 2014 – Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague – composition (under prof. Juraj Filas)
2004 – 2007 – Conservatory of Jaroslav Ježek in Prague – piano (under Hana Kaštovská)
1999 – 2004  – Conservatory of Jaroslav Ježek in Prague – composition (under Karel Růžička)
1998 – 1999  Language Academy of Jan Amos Komensky
1994 – 1998  Secondary Agriculture School Podebrady

Current profession:

composer, pianist, bandleader of bands Nedaba, wrgha Powu orchestra, producer of vocalist Lena Yellow

Teacher of composition and jazz piano interpretation at The Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory and Higher Specialized School.

Cooperations:

Orchestras:

Czech Philharmonic, Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK, Plzeň Philharmonic, Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc, Prague Modern Young, Concept Art Orchestra, Berg Orchestra.

Soloists/Conductors:

Karel Dohnal, Marko Ivanovic, Jan Kučera, Jan Keller, Zdeňka Košnarová, Terezie Švarcová, Jiří Lukeš, Lena Yellow, Štěpánka Balcarová, Jiří Šimek, Petr Louženský, Ilya Blackwedge, Jiří Hájek, others…

Media:

Tv Nova, ČT, Čro, Radio 1, Radio Proglas, Radio Leonardo

Theatre:

Lampion Theatre, Nymburk Theatre, Minor Theatre, Disk Theatre, Sedlčany Theatre.